Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Earl Lavelle White

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, August 26, 1995

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Reflections for Sergeant Earl Lavelle White

To the family of Sergeant Earl White ,
My name is Student Police Officer Eric Chaffee with the Detroit Police Dept . I have the Honor of carrying your husband's and father , with me as my silent partner . I did not know him or his partner Officer Smith personally , but I have the upmost respect for their service, dedication and sacrifice they made for the safety of the city and the Detroit Police dept.
I will do my best to carry their names and memory, with dignity, Honor and Courage .
My sincerest condolences for your families loss , as I know its a hole that can never be filled . you have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support .
Wishing you peace , comfort and courage.
Student Police officer Eric L Chaffee
Class 2023 F

Detroit Police academy

April 12, 2023

I'm not sure how to feel about this but I Love you unconditionally and will Never be the Same. I can't finish this but Thank You for Everything.

Janaythan White

August 26, 2022

Sgt. White,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 26, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 26, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 26, 2018

Sergeant Earl L. White will never ever be forgotten. Thank you for your service to your community, and for being a child of God. May your soul now rest in Heaven. May God bless your entire family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 16, 2018

To the dad God allowed to be our earthly father, You AND Mommy were the Lord's best!!!!! Sometimes a horrific tragedy draws us to our heavenly Father, and sometimes it causes one to distance him or herself, mistakenly believing that a loving God wouldn't let loving people die. The truth is that it's because of a loving God, me, Man, & Jay were blessed with you and Mommy as our parents! Not only were you a phenomenal police officer, but you were an even better husband and dad. What people don't know is the TIME you spent with us! Whether it was taking us ice-skating across from the old Olympia stadium, helping us learn our multiplication facts with the tables you wrote out and placed on Man's wall, treating us to a bus ride downtown that included lunch, a candy apple, and one-time, even a shopping spree :-), or taking us to the donut shop on Caniff after picking us up from school, you were INVOLVED! The best parenting books affirm all the wonderful things you and Mommy sacrificed for us, and I'm grateful!!!! Grateful to you, and most importantly, grateful to God for allowing me to be your daughter! You are a hero to many, but an even greater hero to me! I love you! Your Baby Girl! I won't use the other nickname you gave me. It's too embarrassing! :-)


November 25, 2017

Sgt. White,
On today, the 22nd anniversary of your death I would just like to thank you to you and your fellow Officer who was in that patrol car with you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 26, 2017

WOW never got to meet my grandfather that special, athletic, vibrant man that I only hear stories about from my g ma. To know that people still honor him still to this day lets me know what type of man he really was. It just hurts more that i missed out on that my life probably would've turned out totally different.

RIP grandad

Earl White Jr.

August 27, 2016

New Earl well, he was a fine outstanding police officer

Retired Sgt Roy C Gray
Fellow Officer

May 12, 2012

You still an always will have a Place in Our Hearts,Love an you r always Nere me....Rip Dad..

Janaythan White

February 2, 2012


You may be gone, but you are forever remembered. You have touched more lives than you know. Thank you.



December 31, 2008

On the 13th anniversary of Sergeant White's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant White is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

August 26, 2008

Gone but not forgotten. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice so that others could remain safe. RIP.

June 11, 2008



February 12, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 13, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Sergeant Earl Lavelle White and his fellow officers with the Detroit Police Department:

On this the eleventh anniversary of Earl's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Earl's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul. I am so sorry that Earl was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This must have been a very sorrowful day for the Detroit Police Department. My prayers are also with the families of the other fallen officer and the Explorer cadet.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Earl gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 26, 1995.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 28, 2006

earl, thanks for breaking me as a police officer ther right way. you were one of the best police officer that i have known. i know that you were a saved man, and stood with high morarls. may peace continue to surround your spirit always.


glenn morrison
retired dpd

March 24, 2006

Remembering you, Sergeant, on the anniversary of your death. God's peace be with you.

Michigan Resident

August 26, 2004

The FBI Agents Association's Detroit Chapter salutes you.

SA Darin L. Paul
FBI Agents Association

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